Timnit Gebru, PhD, is a widely respected expert in the area of ethical artificial intelligence. She will address attendees as a keynote speaker on Thursday, June 1, 2023.
Dr. Gebru is the founder and executive director of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR). Prior to that she was fired by Google in December 2020 for raising issues of discrimination in the workplace, where she was serving as co-lead of the Ethical AI research team. She received her PhD from Stanford University, and did a postdoc at Microsoft Research, New York City in the FATE (Fairness Accountability Transparency and Ethics in AI) group, where she studied algorithmic bias and the ethical implications underlying projects aiming to gain insights from data.
Dr. Gebru co-founded Black in AI, a nonprofit that works to increase the presence, inclusion, visibility and health of Black people in the field of AI. She is also on the board of AddisCoder, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching algorithms and computer programming to Ethiopian high school students, free of charge. She has received a number of awards including the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer award and has appeared on many notable lists including Nature’s 10 and Time 100.
Dr. Gebru will speak about the convergence of ethics and artificial intelligence. Should companies be allowed to use facial recognition software in their course of business? How do we safeguard our data and our privacy? What about learned or inherited bias? Dr. Gebru will address these issues and many more in her presentation.